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The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues

April 12, 2012

"The Most Famous Woman in Baseball" by Bob Luke

Twice annually, SABR publishes the Baseball Research Journal, a scholarly journal of peer-reviewed original research, as well as book reviews of notable new baseball books. The Spring 2012 BRJ is now available online (the current issue is available only to SABR members; past issues in the BRJ archives are available for free). It contains my book review of “The Most Famous Woman in Baseball,” a new biography of pioneering Negro Leagues executive Effa Manley.

Alongside her husband Abe Manley, Effa helped to run the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League from 1936 to 1948, a tenure that included a Negro League World Championship in 1946. Effa was a fascinating woman who worked tirelessly at the business of running a baseball club and on behalf of numerous civic causes. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2006 and remains the only woman enshrined in Cooperstown. In this painstakingly researched biography, Negro Leagues historian Bob Luke does a terrific job of telling Effa’s story in all its complexity.

To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.

To read my review (SABR members only), click here.

To become a SABR member, and receive a host of member benefits, including the print editions of the BRJ, click here.

Effa Manley's Hall of Fame plaque (click to enlarge). Image courtesy of the SI Vault.

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